The 40th Anniversary Woodstock Reunion Concert was performed on August 15th, 2009, at the site of the original concert, in Bethel Woods, NY.  This is the largest gathering of original Woodstock performers playing their original sets since 1969.  Featuring Jefferson Starship (Playing the Jefferson Airplane set), Canned Heat, Mountain, Big Brother and the Holding Company (performing the hits of Janis Joplin), Country Joe McDonald, Jocko Marcellino of Sha Na Na, and Tom Constanten of the Grateful Dead.  Woodstock isn’t one story, it is 400,000 stories, and the concert which includes interviews from the artists, original audience members and staff to tell their Woodstock stories and provide a framework to the concert to put it in historical and cultural perspective.

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The Performers

Jefferson Starship

JEFFERSON STARSHIP, a collaboration of celebrated musicians that plays from the rich songbook of its legendary forefathers, JEFFERSON AIRPLANE, is one of the most critically acclaimed touring acts today. JEFFERSON STARSHIP features a stellar cast of old and new players, including songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Paul Kantner, vocalist David Freiberg both of whom founded JEFFERSON STARSHIP and were crucial in developing the renowned “San Francisco Sound” that changed the course of pop music forever.

Jefferson Airplane is a member of the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame

Canned Heat

CANNED HEAT, gained international attention and secured their niche in the pages of rock & roll history with their performances at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival and the headlining slot at the original Woodstock Festival. Their Top 40 country-blues-rock songs, “On the Road Again,” Let’s Work Together,” and “Going Up the Country” became rock anthems throughout the world and the unofficial theme song for the film Woodstock and the “Woodstock Generation.”

“Going Up The Country,” went to #1 in 25 countries around the world.

Tom Constanten

TOM CONSTANTEN/GRATEFUL DEAD. Though not yet a member of the Grateful Dead, Tom Constanten played piano on the group’s second album, Anthem in the Sun.  He formally joined the band in November 1968 to supplement the organ playing. He played keyboards on 1969′s Aoxomoxoa , as well as on the Live/Dead. He went on to play Woodstock with the Grateful Dead when  Jerry Garcia received a huge shock after heavy rainfall during their set. They played a five-song set and left the stage.

The Grateful Dead is a member of the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame.

Big Brother And The Holding Company

BIG BROTHER AND THE HOLDING COMPANY was a prime example of a band right where whole was greater than the sum of its parts. You cannot buy or manufacture the natural feeling that was in that band. Big Brother played from the heart and soul with the of goal achieving a direct connection with the innermost feelings of the audience. Evolving out of the San Francisco rock scene of the 1960s, Big Brother was at the forefront of the psychedelic music movement. Janis Joplin joined the band in 1966 and together they created some of the biggest rock anthems of the decade, performing at the Monterey Pop Festival followed by Janis’ performance at Woodstock.

Country Joe

COUNTRY JOE (MCDONALD) and the Fish came about as part political device, part necessity, and part entertainment.  At the end of the summer of 1969, the Woodstock Festival in upstate New York became a milestone that forever changed Joe’s career . After much haggling due to last-minute cancellations, Country Joe and the Fish were scheduled to play the festival. Due to the back-up trying to get into the festival Joe was forced to perform solo on the first day . He played 4 or 5 songs and then did the FISH chant. He changed the spelling to the famous “F” word and the rest is musical Woodstock history!


MOUNTAIN, is one of those rare bands in the past forty years that can be credited with forging a style and sound that would forever change the face of rock music. The innovative studio and live music of Leslie West, Felix Pappalardi, Corky Laing and Steve Knight, which they dubbed Mountain, is one of those elite examples. The combination of Leslie’s unique tone and feel, Felix’s studio production skills, Corky’s powerful double bass drumming and Steve’s keyboard textures, produced some of the best and most memorable rock tunes ever: Mississippi Queen, Nantucket Sleighride, Theme from an imaginary Western, and Yasgur’s Farm.

Jocko Marcellino

JOCKO MARCELLINO/SHA NA NA. If the original 1969 Woodstock Festival was a defining moment in rock history, it was also a defining moment in the history of Sha Na Na. The group’s appearance-only the seventh in Sha Na Na’s career, followed by the Woodstock album and movie-cemented their reputation and style. “We went on second to last, at sunrise on the final day, but, importantly, just before Jimi Hendrix,” recalls co-founder, drummer Jocko Marcellino. “We did 40 minutes and were paid $300…and the check bounced!”


Nancy Nevins

NANCY NEVINS / SWEETWATER. Sweetwater was scheduled to play first at the Woodstock in 1969 but complications lead solo folksinger Richie Havens to perform first. Sweetwater performed next, becoming the first band to play the festival. The band is known for their psychedelic rock/fusion style regarded as the archetype “60s Sound”.
Nancy Nevins was the lead vocals and guitar of Sweetwater.